CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
UI part of town hall meeting to mark 50th anniversary of human rights
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's Global Focus: HR '98 program
and 18 area community organizations will host an Iowa City town hall meeting
Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn
Street. The free and public event will be held in celebration of the 50th
Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The town hall meeting is part of a national campaign begun by The Franklin
and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York. The event is also being held
to advance the principles outlined in the declaration, says Dorothy M.
Paul, executive director for programs at the Iowa City division of the
United Nations Association-USA. More than 100 organizations representing
100 million Americans will celebrate the historic day, Paul says. On Dec.
10, 1948, 60 delegates from various countries signed the Declaration that
was subsequently adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
The event will feature personal stories, music, and poetry and persons
from throughout the community who will read and offer comments about the
Town Hall Meeting sponsors are: Agudas Achim Congregation, the Association
of Campus Ministers, Faith United Church of Christ, Global Focus: HR '98,
First United Methodist Church, Human Rights Iowa City, the Iowa City Foreign
Relations Council, the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, the "Iowa
City Press-Citizen," the UI Amnesty-International-USA, the UI International
and Comparative Legal Studies program, the UI Labor Center, Unitarian Universalist
Society of Iowa City, the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Lutheran
Campus Ministry/Old Brick, Riverside Theatre, the United Nations Association-USA
Iowa Division, and the UNA-USA Johnson County Chapter.
For more information about the event, contact Dorothy M. Paul, (319)